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Medical anthropology in, of, for and with Africa: three hotspots


Obrist, Brigit; van Eeuwijk, Peter (2020). Medical anthropology in, of, for and with Africa: three hotspots. Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, 39(8):782-793.

Abstract

Medical anthropologists offer an empirically rich and conceptually nuanced account of how and why people in Africa engage with diverse forces influencing their ways of experiencing illness and practicing medicine in an unequal world. Expanding the research focus from healers to patients and, since 2000, to biomedicine and global health, they have deepened our understanding of the intricate, though not immediately visible networks of connecting, diverging and crisscrossing healing routes within and beyond Africa. In this review article, we revisit three much debated issues in this burgeoning research field: making African global health, framing traditional medicine, and tackling culturalism.

Abstract

Medical anthropologists offer an empirically rich and conceptually nuanced account of how and why people in Africa engage with diverse forces influencing their ways of experiencing illness and practicing medicine in an unequal world. Expanding the research focus from healers to patients and, since 2000, to biomedicine and global health, they have deepened our understanding of the intricate, though not immediately visible networks of connecting, diverging and crisscrossing healing routes within and beyond Africa. In this review article, we revisit three much debated issues in this burgeoning research field: making African global health, framing traditional medicine, and tackling culturalism.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health(social science), Anthropology
Language:English
Date:16 November 2020
Deposited On:15 Feb 2021 14:36
Last Modified:16 Feb 2021 21:01
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0145-9740
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2020.1734929
Official URL:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01459740.2020.1734929
Related URLs:https://www-tandfonline-com.ezproxy.uzh.ch/doi/full/10.1080/01459740.2020.1734929 (Library Catalogue)
PubMed ID:32321299

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